Monday, February 8, 2021

Gene Simmons Rips Youth for The Death of The Rock Genre

Gene Simmons last week continued his “rock is dead” tirade in a new interview – this time, he’s blaming young people for the genre’s perceived demise.

According to, Simmons first declared rock to be “finally dead” in 2014, when the KISS bassist accused record labels of failing to adequately support rock artists during an interview conducted by his son, Nick, for Esquire.

Last month, Simmons doubled down on his claims in another interview with Gulf News, telling the outlet “rock is dead” because new acts hadn’t “taken the time to create glamour, excitement and epic stuff”.

Speaking on New York’s WAXQ Q104.3 radio station on February 4, Simmons further elaborated on his opinion, this time pointing the finger at “young fans”.

When asked by host Jonathan Clarke if Simmons meant his original “rock is dead” comments to be in terms of radio play of streaming numbers, Simmons replied, “In all ways. And the culprits are the young fans.

“You killed the thing that you love. Because as soon as streaming came in, you took away a chance for the new great bands who are there in the shadows, who can’t quit their day job ’cause you can’t make a dime putting your music out there, because when you download stuff, it’s one-hundredth or one-thousandth of one penny.

“And so you’ve gotta have millions to millions, and even billions of downloads before you can make a few grand. And the fans have killed that thing. So the business is dead.”

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